Get to know how online trading works

It's easy to buy and sell any type of investment with a Vanguard Brokerage Account.

Putting money in your account

Be prepared to pay for securities you purchase. Having money in your settlement fund makes it easy.

Buying & selling mutual funds

Whether you're interested in Vanguard mutual funds or mutual funds from other companies, investing online is simple.

Trading stocks & ETFs

Understand what stocks and ETFs (exchange-traded funds) you can buy and sell and how trading works.

Investing in CDs & bonds

Individual CDs (certificates of deposit) and bonds can round out your portfolio, but it helps to grasp the language of the marketplace.

All brokerage trades settle through your Vanguard settlement fund.

Learn about the role of your settlement fund

Before you invest: Start by learning the basics

The markets are at your fingertips, and the choices can be dizzying. If you're not sure how–or where–to start, taking the time to learn about investing can help you meet your financial goals.

Decide what investments suit your goals and investing style

Finding the right investments starts with allocating your assets among stocks, bonds, and cash investments. Learn about these asset classes and more.

Stick with your investment plan

If you began your investment journey with a solid plan, your best chance to achieve your goals may be simply to keep an eye on the plan.

Ready to invest?

New to Vanguard or looking to consolidate your savings?

Already a Vanguard client? Log in and add a plan to your account.

Ready to invest?

New to Vanguard or looking to consolidate your savings?

Already a Vanguard client? Log in and add a plan to your account.

For more information about Vanguard mutual funds or ETFs, obtain a mutual fund or ETF prospectus or, if available, a summary prospectus. Investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses, and other important information are contained in the  prospectus; read and consider it carefully before investing.

You must buy and sell Vanguard ETF Shares through Vanguard Brokerage Services (we offer them commission-free online) or through another broker (who may charge commissions). See the Vanguard Brokerage Services Commission and Fee Schedules for limits. Vanguard ETF Shares are not redeemable directly with the issuing Fund other than in very large aggregations worth millions of dollars. ETFs are subject to market volatility. When buying or selling an ETF, you will pay or receive the current market price, which may be more or less than net asset value.

All investing is subject to risk, including the possible loss of the money you invest.

All brokered CDs will fluctuate in value between purchase date and maturity date. The original face amount of the purchase is not guaranteed if the position is sold prior to maturity. CDs are subject to availability.

Bonds are subject to the risk that an issuer will fail to make payments on time and that bond prices will decline because of rising interest rates or negative perceptions of an issuer's ability to make payments. Investments in bonds are subject to interest rate, credit, and inflation risk.